Patriotic Front youths in Lusaka have maintained that party secretary general Wynter Kabimba must leave the party and form his own because was working with Post Newspapers editor Fred M’membe against President Michael Sata by scheming to hound him out of office before 2016.
Julius Komeki, who led the mammoth crowd of PF youths who marched to State House on Saturday protesting against Kabimba said they were concerned that the Lusaka district PF executive handpicked by Kabimba was not working for party interests, and that the party was divided because Kabimba who had divided loyalties was failing to provide leadership and direction.
And Patriotic Front deputy secretary general Bridget Attanga also expressed sadness that senior party officials, and mainly those in the central committee of the party, have been mentioned in the presidential succession debate.
Komeki said that President Sata should therefore revoke Kabimba’s appointment as Justice Minister and expel him from the party for scheming to hound him out.
“Lusaka PF youths are demanding for the immediate expulsion of party secretary general Kabimba, Lusaka Province chairman Geoffrey Chuumbwe, his provincial youth chairman Kennedy Kamba and district chairman Goodson Banda among others,” he said.
The youths have also demanded that President Sata with immediate effect cuts links with Post Newspapers editor in-chief Fred M’membe and his presidential aide George Chellah whom they have accused of working with Kabimba to scheme against the head of state.
They also demanded for the dissolution of the provincial, district and constituency executive committees in Lusaka because they were handpicked by Kabimba without going for any election.
Komoki said that the PF was heavily divided now than ever before because of Kabimba’s insatiable appetite for power, adding that the campaign slogan Kabimba had coined for himself of ‘aleisa aleisa for president in 2016’ had created serious cracks in the party.
Party deputy secretary general Bridget Attanga also expressed sadness that senior party officials and mainly those in the central committee of the party have been mentioned in the presidential succession debate.
Attanga told the Daily Nation that the development was a sad undertaking especially that the chief executive officer of the party was mentioned in the matter and it would therefore be prudent for her to wait and see how far the matter would be resolved.
“It is sad that our own youths are butchering each other under the instigation of senior party officials. All of us know that our presidential candidate for 2016 is President Sata and I don’t know why people are doing what is happening. The fighting is as a result of something that we don’t know.
I want to see the chief executive officer of the party respond to this. Until then I won’t comment on the next step of action. This is very sensitive because it involves very senior party officials who are also part of the central committee. These issues are big as you can see my senior are all quiet on t he matter,” she said.